Transform Fresno Project #: WDPTitle: VOICE Welding Gladiator ProgramAddress: 1171 Fulton St., 4th Floor; 1350 E Annadale AvenueCategory: Workforce Development PlanPartners/Organizations: State Center Community College District, Voice of Including Community Equitably (V.O.I.C.E.)Status: In progressEstimated Completion: 2024

Project Summary: Voice of including Community Equitably (V.O.I.C.E.) is a community-based organization dedicated to workforce development for the underprivileged and underserved populations of Fresno. The purpose of V.O.I.C.E. is to provide workforce training and job placement in jobs with sustainable wages to bring low-income and underserved people out of poverty.

Details: The Welding Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program will focus on building a workforce within West Fresno that has the skills to successfully enter gainful and ongoing employment with preparation to complete industry-recognized certifications. The project will endeavor to recruit and train at least 100 qualified residents, primarily from the target area of the 93706, 93721, and 93727 ZIP codes. The project will include a two-month start-up period, A 36-month training delivery period, and a one-month close-out period; for a total project period of 39 months.

The program is designed to be implemented through a non-traditional holistic approach to complement the whole person. V.O.I.C.E.’s workforce development approach includes hands on skill welding training curriculum assisted with participant support components such as case management services, mentoring, life skills training and coaching and job placement.

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Project Update, March 2021

Project WDP: Voice Gladiator Update
Project WDP: Voice Gladiator Update, March 2021
VOICE Welding Gladiator Program

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The project entails 6 cohorts that are 25 weeks in length. At the end of the 150 weeks of training, VOICE will have trained over 100 participants!

VOICE Welding Gladiator


Be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED

Hands on instruction is 25 weeks, with continued job placement support.

No, there is no cost to participants.

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Workforce Development Plan Project: VOICE Welding Gladiator Program Partners

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(559) 332-3728

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